Bernabeu midfielder saddened by arrests.
Three Tunisian journalists have been arrested after publishing a photograph of a footballer frolicking with a nude woman, raising fears of a media crackdown by the country’s new Islamist rulers.
The Attounissia newspaper printed a photograph on Wednesday of German-Tunisian football player Sami Khedira of Real Madrid dressed in a tuxedo with his hands covering the breasts of his otherwise naked German model girlfriend, Lena Gercke.
The photograph drew an angry response from the country’s public prosecutor who ordered the detention of Nasreddine Ben Said, Attounissia’s publisher, Habib Guizani, its editor-in- chief, and Hedi Hidhri, the editor of its world section, according to Chokri Nafti, a spokesman for the Justice ministry.
The three were accused of offending public morality and would be held pending the results of the investigation, he added.
“I heard about the matter on Thursday evening and find it very, very sad and unfortunate that such a thing happened,” the 24-year-old Khedira, whose father is Tunisian, told German daily Bild.
“I respect the different religions that exist and also the faith that people have, but I cannot understand that people cannot express themselves freely.”
It appears that the fears of many Tunisians that the country’s new Islamist rulers may lead to a crackdown on issues relating to ‘public morality’ were well founded but it’s good to see Sami Khedira opting to not ignore the issue and instead speaking freely against an act that appears to enraged many.
A Facebook group has been created in support of the trio of journalists arrested and the Tunisian journalists’ union has issued a statement calling for the immediate release of the Attounissia employees.